Cooley's Structured Real Estate Investments group was launched to formalize the long-standing tradition of collaboration among the Firm's Real Estate, Credit Finance, Debt Securities, Project Development and Finance, Tax, Venture Capital, Venture Capital Financings and Bankruptcy & Restructuring practices for structured transactions involving real estate and related assets. Our attorneys bring cross-disciplinary skills to real estate transactions involving joint ventures, preferred equity investments, mezzanine financings, asset collateralizations and securitizations, fund formation, syndications and structured asset acquisitions and dispositions.
In many other firms, structured real estate transactions are addressed on an ad hoc basis by a real estate group, which must then seek required input from other practice areas. At Cooley, the Structured Real Estate Investments group is fully integrated and dedicated to seamlessly addressing all aspects of real estate transactions requiring expertise from multiple practice areas.
The team is made up of business attorneys who understand our clients' objectives and the markets in which they operate, employing multi-faceted expertise and cutting-edge structures, strategies and products. They have strong relationships with institutional lenders and investors, funds and underwriters, as well as real estate owners and operators, and frequently add value by helping clients secure financing, gain access to capital markets and find transaction opportunities.
Our work involves real estate located in the U.S. and a number of foreign countries, and we work closely with our colleagues in Cooley's internationally recognized Tax group to devise and implement tax efficient structures that address U.S. and foreign tax concerns.
Currently, we represent a broad array of institutional and private clients in connection with structured real estate matters.
Chet F. Lipton, Chair of the Structured Real Estate Investment practice, has over 26 years of experience in handling the corporate aspects of real estate transactions, including public and private real estate syndications, joint ventures, acquisitions, collateralized debt obligations and common and preferred equity investments in real estate ventures.